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Re: Private User Agent Community Group Proposed

From: Fred Andrews <fredandw@live.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2012 17:16:35 +0000
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To: "singer@apple.com" <singer@apple.com>
CC: "public-privacy@w3.org" <public-privacy@w3.org>

Re: Private User Agent Community Group Proposed

> David Singer <singer@apple.com>
> I'd rather see this discussion start in the privacy interest group than Yet Another Community Group, I think.

Dear David,

The goals of PING and the Private User Agent Community Group (PUA) are
quite different and they measure success and will be run in different ways
so I would prefer to keep them separate.

The PING defines its success by "Increased awareness of Web privacy
implications within W3C. Establishment of a systematic process for
privacy considerations in Web standards."

Whereas the PUA's proposed measure of success is to minimizing leakage
of identifiable and private information from the user agent while
trying to preserve functionality and convenience for users.

Further the PUA proposes to develop design solutions to address
privacy at the UA and solutions to mitigate loss of functionality and
it is proposed that the patent disclosure obligations apply.  The PING
charter does not appear to apply the patent disclosure obligations to
discussions on the public mailing list.

Finally the PUA's goal may never be accepted by a lot of w3c interest
groups because fixing the leaks will break some cherished functionality.
PING may well better address its goals by not being associated.

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